The Copake Agricultural Center is up and running! We are thrilled to have achieved the purchase of the town center farmland and two neighboring houses for our farmer families. Because a big part of the success of the project is the people, for May’s blog entry, we’re highlighting the Copake Agricultural Center farms and farmers.
MX Morningstar Farm
Meet Max Morningstar of MX Morningstar Farm. Max has been farming for more than 10 years and is drawn to Copake because of the growth opportunity. He most recently hails from Siena Farms in Sudbury, MA, where he was Farm Manager for 60 acres of organic vegetables and a 700+ person CSA.
Here at the Copake Agricultural Center, Max and his crew will be cultivating more than 60 acres, some as vegetables for the 2014 season and some as soil-building cover crops. Max plans to sell vegetables in CSA shares and at the farm stand on the property.
Sparrow Arc Farm
Meet Matt and Heather Linehan of Sparrow Arc Farm. Matt, Heather, and their three children moved to Copake from Unity, Maine. Matt started Sparrow Arc Farm in 2006 and grew the operation from 1.5 to 38 acres within seven years.
Sparrow Arc Farm grows heirloom and “hard-to-grow” vegetables for fine dining establishments in Boston and New York. They are excited to participate in the Copake Agricultural Center because of the easy market access it provides. Matt and Heather grow these heirloom vegetables because of their cultural importance, genetic diversity, and role in creating regionally distinct food. Basically, they love feeding lots of people and giving chefs inspiring seasonal ingredients.
Tiny Hearts Farm
Meet Jenny Elliot and Luke Franco of Tiny Hearts Farm, of Salem, New York. Jenny and Luke grow specialty cut flowers for events, sale at farmers markets, and to retail shops and restaurants. Both Luke and Jenny are experienced organic farmers and artists—Luke sidelines as a jazz guitarist.
Jenny and Luke strongly believe that fresh, local, and responsibly grown flowers are more vibrant, full of personality, and meaningful than your average, run-of-the-mill bouquet. Their farm-to-vase flowers also have superior vase life and raise the bar for customers looking for a sustainable and beautiful alternative to conventional flowers and floral design. They are ready and willing to flourish here at Copake.